The company told trade officials in a letter on Friday that the proposed tariffs would affect prices for a "wide range" of Apple products, including its Watch, but it did not mention the iPhone.
Apple did not respond to requests for comment. Apple's letter to the United States trade office named several company products that risk facing duties; they include the HomePod, the Apple Pencil, company chargers and adapters for Apple devices, and even the leather covers for iPhones and iPads.
USA trade officials are juggling a number of high-profile files, in addition to the China tariffs, at the same time as the president tries to tamp down reports of resistance to his agenda from within his own administration.
Apple does manufacture Mac Pros here in the U.S., but a majority of its products are produced in China. However, he said looking to tariffs as a solution is generally unwise because of the amount of imported materials American companies rely on and supply chains that crisscross borders. Now, the Trump administration "has begun to hit things clearly not processed in the US - consumer goods - and this is going to get people's attention".
Apple outlined how the company's operations and products will be affected by the tariffs.
Many anticipated the Trump administration would announce the tariffs going into effect Friday morning, although no announcement came from USTR or the Trump administration.
Apple generated $9.6 billion in sales in China in the fiscal third quarter, accounting for 18 percent of its total revenue in the period.
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Thursday marked the final day for the public to comment on Trump's proposal to impose a 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods. "China trade war has now become even more hard to discern as both sides step up their attacks and counter-attacks", said Cornell University economist Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monetary Fund's China division.
Despite several rounds of talks between USA and Chinese officials, the two countries have made little progress toward resolving their differences. "There's an inescapable mutuality that serves the bring the USA and China together", said Cook. "Each country can only prosper if the other does", he said in the summer call with analysts.
Their trading partners complain those violate Beijing's free-trade commitments and USA officials worry they might erode American industrial leadership.
The U.S.in July began imposing tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese industrial imports.
That could help reignite US demands that Beijing narrow its trade gap, which has temporarily been overshadowed by their clash over complaints China steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.
Jeffrey Frankel, a professor and economist at Harvard University, said some concerns American companies have raised about China are valid.
USA companies are joining forces to oppose a common threat-tariffs.